What would be the best thesis for a research paper 6-8 pages long on the impact of the Industrial Revolution in the U.S.?I have been trying to think one one, they just arent good enough.

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readerofbooks eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are a lot of topics about the industrial revolution that one can choose. For a thesis to be good, it should try to be insightful. Try to build a thesis that is not ordinary or one that has a slight different point of view. In this way, it will be thought provoking in the least. But I need to warn you that you should have good reasons for your thesis. With that said, how about the following suggestions.

First, any topic that deals with the industrial revolution and religion would be interesting, like long term effects of religion. Some might say that the industrial revolution lead to the decline of religion, but there is a strong argument to be made that it lead to stronger religion. People eventually get disillusioned.

Second, you can write about the industrial revolution and race. Did the industrial revolution lead to more immigration and how did this all play out?

Third, how about exploring the industrial revolution with a modern concern, the environment.

Good luck!

Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am not certain if any answer can be given because much of it depends on you.  I think what you think can be defended and asserted with analysis and where your passions lie will be critical in developing a thesis statement.  Another component would be the requirements of your instructor or teacher assessing the paper.  In the final analysis, it would be these elements that must play a formative role in guiding your thesis statement and the paper, in general.  With all of these conditions taken into account, I think that a thesis which deals with the disparities caused by wealth could be a very compelling thesis statement.  Another thesis statement could be how policies passed by American government enhanced the acquisition of wealth and helped to maintain such disparate levels of income and power.  Yet, I caution all of these as having to be tempered with what you find fascinating, the evidence you have, and for what your instructor/ assignment calls.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are lots of theses you could do on this subject.  Here are some that I can think of:

  • "The Industrial Revolution caused many changes in American society.  These changes made some people unhappy.  Their unhappiness led them to try to change their society."  For this one, I'd look at things like the Second Great Awakening, the Transcendentalist movement, and the 1840s reforms.
  • "The Industrial Revolution was responsible for making the United States become a prosperous nation."  I would look here at the economic effects of the Revolution, going up through the late 1800s.  I would emphasize railroads and their impacts.

I hope these are of help...

mkcapen1 | Student

A thesis statement and the information provided by the writer should be one that allows the writer to follow through using examples and ideas to support the statement.  It is how an individual interprets a particular subject.

The Industrial Revolution was a time of great change in the United States.  Many changes occurred that led to a change in economics and urbanization.  Cities grew and developed in to the cultural and industrial centers that we have today.

Several thesis statements might be:

The Industrial Revolution in America led to the development of cities.

The population of immigrants increased in the United States as a result of the Industrial Revolution in America.

The Industrial Revolution in America led to the formation of unions.

The Industrial Revolution changed the structure of social stratification in America.

I have added some websites that can assist you in better understanding the development of a thesis statement.